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Whitehouse, Langevin Vow to Defend Medicare, Medicaid from Radical Trump Cuts

Hundreds of thousands of Rhode Islanders rely on federal programs for health care Providence, RI – Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressman Jim Langevin met with more than two dozen seniors at the DaVinci Center in Providence today where they called on Congress to defend Medicare and Medicaid from the drastic budget cuts proposed by President Donald Trump earlier this month. “We will do everything in our power to protect Medicaid and Medicare, which are the bedrock of America’s middle class,” said Whitehouse. “Every Rhode Islander deserves to know these important programs will be there to allow them to retire with…
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Raimondo, Whitehouse, Langevin and Cicilline United in Opposition to Offshore Oil Drilling Proposal

Encourage Rhode Islanders to Voice Concerns at Upcoming Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Public Meeting PROVIDENCE, RI - Looking out onto Narragansett Bay, Governor Gina M. Raimondo was today joined by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman Jim Langevin and Congressman David Cicilline as they reaffirmed their opposition to the Trump administration's proposal to open coastal waters for offshore oil drilling. Offshore drilling would dangerously threaten the Ocean State's 400 miles of coastline and sensitive marine ecosystems and could have lasting environmental and economic repercussions. "Here in Rhode Island, we know that the future is offshore wind power, not offshore oil…
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Whitehouse, U.S. Surgeon General Highlight Federal Overdose Prevention Law

Rhode Islanders share experiences with prevention and treatment strategies that serve as national model Pawtucket, RI- Senator Sheldon Whitehouse friday hosted Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams for a discussion about the opioid addiction recovery programs that have made Rhode Island a national model in the field and influenced Whitehouse's Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act CCARA). The roundtable meeting with state leaders, people in recovery, and addiction specialists was held at the Anchor Recovery Community Center in Pawtucket. The group shared with Dr. Adams their experiences with strategies for addressing the crisis that have worked in Rhode Island and can serve…
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Education

Raimondo, Reed, Whitehouse, Langevin Help Open New Career-Focused Training Programs

PODCAST LPR NEWS Warwick - Senators Jack Reed joined, Governor Gina Raimondo Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin, state and community leaders at the grand opening of the new Marine Trades, Shipfitting and Welding Program at the Warwick Area Career and Technical Center (WACTC). The new training being offered will build on the Warwick Marine Trades Career and Technical Education (CTE) program and will provide additional occupation-specific training to help students transition from school to career and/or post-secondary education. The event will also showcase five new, state-of-the-art welding booths paid for with local, state, and federal funds to help students…
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WHITEHOUSE, WARREN, DURBIN INTRODUCE MEDICAL BANKRUPTCY FAIRNESS ACT

For those with significant medical debt, bill would improve the bankruptcy process, forgive student loans, and allow families to keep their homes Washington, DC – Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Dick Durbin (D-IL) have introduced legislation to help Americans burdened by the costs of illness or injury. The Medical Bankruptcy Fairness Act of 2016 (S. 3385) would make the bankruptcy process more forgiving for those driven to insolvency by health care-related debt or loss of income. “With so many Americans living paycheck to paycheck, unexpected medical costs can quickly spiral into financial emergency. Unfortunately, the current bankruptcy…
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WHITEHOUSE, WARREN, REED, SANDERS & MERKLEY INTRODUCE BILL TO PROTECT CONSUMERS FROM ABUSIVE LENDING

Senators’ legislation would allow states to cap credit card interest rates for their residents Washington, DC – Today, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Jack Reed (D-RI), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced the Empowering States’ Rights to Protect Consumers Act (S. 3321), which would protect consumers by restoring the ability of states to limit credit card and other consumer loan interest rates for their residents. “When Wall Street banks and their credit card subsidiaries take advantage of consumers through astronomically high interest rates, states should be able to act,” said Whitehouse. “This bill will restore to…
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WHITEHOUSE, WARREN, REED, SANDERS & MERKLEY INTRODUCE BILL TO PROTECT CONSUMERS FROM ABUSIVE LENDING

Senators’ legislation would allow states to cap credit card interest rates for their residents Washington, DC – Today, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Jack Reed (D-RI), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced the Empowering States’ Rights to Protect Consumers Act (S. 3321), which would protect consumers by restoring the ability of states to limit credit card and other consumer loan interest rates for their residents. “When Wall Street banks and their credit card subsidiaries take advantage of consumers through astronomically high interest rates, states should be able to act,” said Whitehouse. “This bill will restore to…
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Community

Whitehouse, Langevin, Cicilline, & Gorbea Call for Federal Campaign Finance Reform

Providence - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline, and Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea today called for an end to unchecked corporate spending in elections at a roundtable discussion about federal campaign finance reform. The event, which was held at Save the Bay’s headquarters in Providence, was hosted in partnership with Washington nonprofit Public Citizen and Common Cause Rhode Island. The discussion comes in advance of the Senate and House of Representatives gaveling back into session later in the day after summer recess, and in the midst of a national election cycle in which outside…
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Whitehouse, Langevin, Cicilline, & Gorbea Call for Federal Campaign Finance Reform Whitehouse’s DISCLOSE Act would shine a spotlight on dark money, restore power to ordinary Americans

Providence, RI - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline, and Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea today called for an end to unchecked corporate spending in elections at a roundtable discussion about federal campaign finance reform. The event, which was held at Save the Bay's headquarters in Providence, was hosted in partnership with Washington nonprofit Public Citizen and Common Cause Rhode Island. The discussion comes in advance of the Senate and House of Representatives gaveling back into session later in the day after summer recess, and in the midst of a national election cycle in which…
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Whitehouse, Langevin, Cicilline, & Gorbea Call for Federal Campaign Finance Reform

Providence, RI - Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman Jim Langevin, Congressman David Cicilline, and Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea, in partnership with Public Citizen and Common Cause Rhode Island, will host a roundtable discussion to call for action on federal campaign finance reform. The event, which will be held on Tuesday, September 6, at 10:30 , at Save the Bay in Providence, comes in advance of the Senate and House of Representatives gaveling back into session later that day after summer recess, and in the midst of a national election cycle in which outside spending by special interest groups…
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